Born and raised on Long Island, NY. I had an early attraction to things musical and then theatrical. I learned to play clarinet and then saxophone sufficiently so I could sit in many orchestral pits on LI for amateur theatre. I studied Music at Queens College and discovered the awe inspiring world of Classical Music and its immediate branches.
I always had an attraction to Jazz which started when my mother bought me a couple of tape cassette cut-outs of Louis Armstrong and the Dukes of Dixieland and another of Bix Biederbeck. I was bitten by the bug that still has its grip on me. Still learning, still borrowing from all sources.
After college, I went into the music publishing business. That relationship lasted for many years, only to end relatively recently when my last stint doing copyright work (20 years or more for one publisher) was ended with the sale of the entire catalogue.
So, scuffling along, I've dabbled in just about anything that would accept me, including acting in a film trailer for I-Max and doing demo work for BJ's wholesale club.
My love of music continues as I manage a sound library with some very talented composers' works there and my own 17-piece jazz big band and my jazz quartet - Au Privave - which has helped double our host's business during Sunday Brunch (Big Daddy's in Massapequa) and which was honored by Newsday readers as hosting one of the best places to hear Jazz on Long Island (Cooking With Jazz - Jamaica Estates - now defunct).
I hope to work with many of the talented people here to make some great productions!
Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
Film by Sarah Knight (Documentary) Music department A portrait of Nicole Sherry, head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards - one of only two women in that position in Major League Baseball.
Coming Out Under Fire
Film by Arthur Dong (Documentary, Biography, History and War) Music department A historical account of military policy regarding homosexuals during World War II. The documentary includes interviews with several gay WWII veterans. Written by Travis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CUNY Queens College